Nyck De Vries wins an energy management thriller

Nyck De Vries has won the Valencia E-Prix after saving his energy throughout the race which came to his benefit after an energy deduction from five safety cars saw 15 cars limp home with little or no energy remaining with two laps to go. 

The race saw four safety car periods, and during a safety car teams are deducted 1kwh every minute they are behind the safety car. With five minutes remaining Andre Lotterer was stuck in the gravel after making contact with Edoardo Mortara.

At that point the drivers had around 30% usable energy remaining. But after the deduction from that safety car period rivers were left with under 5% of usable energy with two laps remaining which was enough to finish the race.

De Vries, Nico Muller, and Vandoorne had 5% remaining going into the final two laps, but race leader had Antonio Felix Da Costa had 2% energy left after the deduction. Therefore Da Costa had to lift for the entire final lap which allowed Muller and Vandoorne to come through the field to finish second (Muller) and third (Vandoorne).

Alexander Sims and Oliver Rowland were fighting for a podium finish and they kept their foot to the floor despite having a zero percent of energy and both drivers were disqualified from the race.

Therefore, Nick Cassidy was able to limp home in fourth for Envision Virgin Racing with Rene Rast in fifth for Audi. Robin Frijns ended the race sixth in the second Virgin Racing car.

Da Costa came home seventh despite leading the race from lights out until that final safety car period.  Alex Lynn finished in eighth for Mahindra.

Sam Bird picked up two points for finishing ninth and has lost his championship lead to De Vries. Lucas Di Grassi rounded out the top ten.

Jake Dennis finished 11th with Jean-Eric Vergne in twelfth. The rest of the driver failed to finish the race.

The race started under safety car due to the wet track, but it wasn’t long until it was back out again when Lotterer took out Sébastien Buemi in Turn 9.

The safety car came out again after Maximilian Gunther retired from the race after going through the gravel at Turn 2. Then the incident between Mitch Evans and Sergio Sette Camara brought out the third safety car the race when Evans tagged the rear of Sette Camara sending them both out of the race at Turn 9.

Finally, the safety car came out after Lotterer hit Mortara, which caused the energy mishap in the final two laps of the race.






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